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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for June 6, 2014

Two more San Diego Police officers are under arrest. This time they are accused of drug crimes. San Diego Sheriff’s Deputies arrested husband and wife officers late yesterday morning. 32-year-old Bryce Charpentier and his wife 41-year-old Jennifer were arrested for and are being accused of conspiring to sell and transport a controlled substance. Sheriff’s department says that San Diego Police Department is fully cooperating with the investigation. This is the latest in a long run of officers being accused of criminal behavior.

At 9:00 AM several business owners are talking to the press about why they think the minimum wage should be higher. San Diego City Council takes up the issue in committee next week.

This morning at 10:00 AM San Diego County Regional Airport Authority is briefing the press about its development plans through 2035.

California state senator Toni Atkins is hosting her local swearing-in ceremony for her new job as speaker of the Legislature this morning at 10:00. The San Diego Democrat is already officially the speaker but this celebration is for the San Diego Community. It’s at the Balboa Park Club.

In Encinitas’s Scripps Memorial Hospital at 10:00 AM law enforcement from across the county will train at an “Active Shooter” drill. One of the things they’re doing is practicing some of their life saving techniques of fake gunshot victims.

At UC San Diego at noon today is the annual watermelon drop. Every year a watermelon is dropped from seven stories up for the end of school tradition.

Habitat for Humanity is dedicating three homes their volunteers built in just five-days, at 3:00 this afternoon in Escondido. One of the houses has gone to a wounded veteran.

Tonight at 5:00 one of San Diego’s magnet schools, Green Elementary, is breaking ground on its new track.

And finally tonight at 6:00 the group Save Our Heritage Organization is giving out its annual People in Preservation Awards. The awards recognize people that help maintain San Diego County historic buildings.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for June 5, 2014.

A Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier and a Navy FA-18A crash in separate incidents yesterday.

The Harrier fell out of the sky in the city Imperial destroying three homes, at this time there are no reports of any deaths. The pilot was able to eject and medics have taken him to the hospital.

The Navy plane, an FA-18A, crashed off shore into the ocean. It was trying to land on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. That pilot was also able to eject and in in stable condition. You probably remember the Vinson because it was the ship that buried Osama bin Laden at sea in 2011.

All across San Diego today people in favor of and people opposed to raising the minimum wage will be talking to the press. Proponents say that $8 dollars an hour is not enough to live on in San Diego and that the minimum should be much higher. Opponents say that it’ll hurt small businesses and drive work out of town.

At 9:00 AM some business owners are going to explain to the press why they support raising the minimum wage. They’ll be in front of Intelicare Direct on Chesapeake Drive.

Then at 10:00 AM San Diego County taxpayers Association and San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce are releasing a study that they say proves raising the lowest pay will hurt all kinds of businesses. That’ll be near 6th and G in downtown San Diego.

And at 5:30 tonight near the First Unitarian Universalist Church on Front Street supporters of raising the minimum wage will rally. Council President Todd Gloria will speak about a ballot measure he may propose to raise the minimum wage.

At 9:00 AM Heartland Fire and Rescue is giving “hands only CPR” training at El Cajon City Hall, Lemon Grove’s City Hall, Parkway Plaza and Grossmont Center.

About a thousand volunteers are going to clean up the beach celebrating the I Love A Clean San Diego 60th anniversary starting at 9:30 this morning. It’s part of their Kids’ Ocean Day at Crown Point Shores in Mission Bay event.

In Chula Vista’s courthouse this afternoon at 1:30 Dajamah Blevins is being arraigned and accused of sexually assaulting a teenager on a public bus in National City.

And finally tonight at 5:30 at Balboa Stadium the “Jim Ryun Festival of Miles” will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ryun being the first high schooler to break the 4-minute mile record.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for June 3, 2014

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Just before 1:00 AM two semi-trucks collide killing one shutting down the 5 north bound in the Northern San Diego County city of Encinitas. CHP is anticipating the freeway to remain shut for much, if not all, of the morning. According to CHP one of the wrecked trucks was loaded with 50,000 pounds of produce that is now strewn accords the freeway. If you are heading North on the 5 find another rout.

Today is Election Day for California. In San Diego candidates are out campaigning their hearts out in a last minute effort to get your vote. San Diego County’s Registrar of Voters Michael Vu is predicting the extremely low voter turnout of 35 percent or less. Some say it could be even lower, possibly breaking records. Polls open at 7:00 AM

Election Central, the San Diego traditional election night event, will be at Golden Hall tonight and open to the public. Also tonight the Republican support club the Lincoln Club is hosting its election night event in the U.S. Grant Hotel’s Palm Room. And the San Diego County Democratic Party is having its election night watch party at Athens Market Taverna on F Street in downtown.

To find your polling place just Google “San Diego County Registrar of Voters” it’s the first link.

This morning at 11:30 Doctors from Rady Children’s Hospital will talk to the press about how to encourage expectant mothers to get vaccinated for pertussis. According to the Center for Disease Control “mothers were responsible for 30-40% of infant infections”.

San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency warns everyone that there have already been 450 pertussis cases reported this year alone. That’s a sharp increase from last year’s total of 63.

At noon the San Diego Association of Governments is hosting its 2014 Bi-national Summit. Both American and Mexican government officials are talking about how to make the San Diego/Tijuana region more competitive on a global scale, among other things.

In court today two arraignments of note on the docket for 1:30.

In San Diego’s courthouse Jason Boone is accused of running a methamphetamine ring from the Mission Bay Sports Center. According to police the 41-year-old was the ringleader of a meth sales operation just feet from where kids played. Boone was arrested with eight suspected accomplices.

Then in El Cajon’s courthouse Mohammed Agab will be arraigned and accused for murdering his mother and stabbing his 14-year-old brother.

Chula Vista’s City Council is meeting this afternoon at 2:00. On the agenda is the budget for this coming year.

And finally tonight at 4:00 San Diego Unified School District Board of Education is meeting and on their agenda … Madison High Cluster of Schools, a $1 million dollar donation to upgrade O’Farrell Charter School’s track and turf and reports on construction bonds.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 28, 2014

Tonight at 5:30 protesters calling for the release of Marine Corps sergeant in Mexican prison will rally at the San Ysidro border crossing for his release. Andrew Tahmooressi was arrested while crossing into Mexico with a shotgun, a rifle, a handgun and ammunition in his car.

Guns are extremely illegal in Mexico. The American consulate in Tijuana on its web site says “Don’t bring firearms or ammunition across the border into Mexico. Don’t carry a knife, even a small pocketknife, on your person in Mexico. You may become one of dozens of U.S. Citizens who are arrested each month for unintentionally violating Mexico’s strict weapons laws.”

However Tahmooressi says he crossed the border by mistake. Today Tahmooressi is having a hearing in Tijuana about his case. The Mexican legal system is very different than the American, and the process can be long.

Last night San Diego Unified District Board of Education approved a new early retirement program. 471 teachers are eligible for it and the Board says it’ll save nearly $30 million over the next five years. Of the 471 teachers eligible about a quarter have signed up for it. Most have until Friday to decide if they want the early retirement, however summer school teachers have until their last summer workday to decide. Teachers that have been with the district for 5-years and are 55-years-old with 5-years of credit in the state teachers retirement system, or those 50 to 54 with 30-years retirement credits are eligible.

Proposition 13 is on topic at the San Diego County Taxpayers Association early morning forum this morning at 7:30. Prop 13 keeps property taxes low by setting the tax rate on the value of property at the time the property was purchased. Many blame prop. 13 on the state’s education funding problems, because schools get much their funding from property taxes.

At 9:00 AM at the County Administration Center Room 358 fracking is taking center stage at a public forum. Fracking or “induced hydraulic fracturing” is when thousands of gallons of fluid-chemicals are injected into geological structures at pressures high enough to break or fracture the geology and release the oil deposited there. It’s an extremely controversial method. The public is welcome, however no placards or signs are allowed in.

At 10:00 AM Balboa Park’s centennial celebration is the topic of a press conference at Balboa Park’s reflecting pool. They boast that it’ll be a “major announcement”.

This morning at 10:00 the Chief Patrol Agent for the San Diego sector Border patrol is honoring the 90th anniversary of the U.S. Border Patrol by reading the names of agents killed in the line of duty.

Embattled Sweetwater Union High School District is on topic tonight at 6:00 at Chula Vista’s City Hall. Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox is hosting the forum.

And finally tonight at 6:30 the candidates for District Attorney are talking to the National Latina Business Women Association of San Diego and the La Raza Lawyers at the University of San Diego’s Shiley Theatre.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 23, 2014

More controversy for San Diego’s Police Department. This time it’s about what happened to a million dollars seized from criminals like drug runners. Jeff McDonald from UT San Diego broke the story. According to McDonald in 2010 SDPD submitted a report showing their closing balance at $1,153,426. Then the next year the beginning balance was $153,426. So what happened to the million dollars? SDPD Lt. Kevin Mayer says “We acknowledge you have noted a discrepancy, we have asked the City Comptroller to do a complete review and audit of the seized asset fund to see if there is an error.”

In the past couple of years SDPD has been marred by sexual misconduct from a few of its officers. Chief Shelly Zimmerman was brought in to ferret out problems in the department, like officers sexually assaulting suspects, however a missing million dollars in a whole different level of problem.

This morning at 9:00 in San Diego’s courthouse 40-year-old Douglas Michael Ellens will hear his fate for robbing three banks all within one week last summer. Ellens pleaded guilty. His lawyer says Ellens has a drug and alcohol problem and should be placed on probation and sent to rehab.

Also at 9:00 AM the San Diego Association of Governments Board of Directors is meeting about their budget plan for the coming year.

Today two of San Diego County’s theme parks have big new openings

First at 9:00 AM the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park is opening its new 19 point 5 million dollar Tull Family Tiger Trail. The tiger exhibit is over 5 acres with all kinds of stuff for the tigers to play with.

Then AT 10:00 Legoland is opening up its new “Legends of Chima” water park. The park has a 250,000-gallon wave pool, an arch that looks like a lion made out of more than a quarter million Lego bricks and more.

And finally at 4:00 this afternoon the San Diego Jazz Festival kicks off its three day run at the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa in Del Mar.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 22, 2014

San Diego Police are on the lookout this morning for a home invasion suspect. Last night at around 8:40 the suspect walked into an apartment at 1330 Market St in downtown San Diego, pulled a gun, and demanded cash. The resident gave him some money and the suspect left. Police describe the suspect as a black man, 6 feet 1 inch talk, 180 pounds, mid 20’s, wearing a camouflage jacket.

Today at noon the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is unveiling an anti-SeaWold poster at San Diego’s International Airport Terminal 2. PETA had to sue the airport to be able to put the post up. Originally the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority refused to place the poster. It depicts actress Kathy Najimy along with text saying “Welcome to San Diego! If you love animals like I do please avoid SeaWorld.”

SeaWorld responds by saying “PETA is an extremist organization and this ad demonstrates that, once again, they are more interested in publicity stunts than helping animals”

San Diego City Council’s Budget Committee is meeting at 2:00 this afternoon about charging a parking permit fee for oversized vehicles like RV’s. The new law charges a fee for parking and limits the places and times the large vehicles or trailers can park. Extra-large vehicles must park at least 50 feet away from intersection, cannot be parked between 2:00-6:00 AM and requires residents to apply for permits to park for 24-hours.

In court this afternoon at 1:30 three arraignments of note.

In San Diego’s courthouse 17-year-old Kurese Ball is being charged as an adult for allegedly using a gun to stick up a marijuana dispensary at which one of his accomplices was shot and killed.

In Vista’s courthouse Joseph Lawrence Smith is being arraigned and accused of kidnapping his ex-girlfriends 3-year-old daughter.

Also in Vista Phillip Lonewolf Campbell is being accused of shooting is father on the Los Coyotes Indian Reservation.

This morning is the sixth annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront at 7:30.

At 10:00 AM the Armed Services YMCA and San Diego Food Bank is announcing the Bring Your Own Bag-SD campaign. It’s a city sponsored campaign that’s supposed to encourage people to use reusable lunch bags.

This afternoon at 3:30 commissioners from Pac-12 and Big Ten college football conferences are talking to the press about new Holyday Bowl matchups.

And finally at 6:30 tonight a public form on how to spend part of San Diego’s budget is being hosted by the Community Budget Alliance at the United Domestic Workers offices on Seminole Drive.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 21, 2014

There isn’t enough evidence to charge 19-year-old Isaiah David Silva with arson, according to the District Attorney. Silva and a 17-year-old were both arrested and suspected of arson during last week’s devastating wild fires. Witnesses say they spotted to people matching their description trying to set two separate fires. The 17-year-old had his detention hearing yesterday but no word on if he is being charged or not.

They were never accused of setting any of the fires that burned 20,000 acres and destroyed several homes. However if new evidence comes to light the DA will vigorously prosecute.

D.A. Bonnie Dumanis and Sheriff Gore are taking part in a summit about prisoner realignment and what that is going to mean for San Diegans. Prisoner realignment means that the state prisons will send nonviolent offenders to the county and the county is going to decide who to keep and who to release. It has the potential to fill up the county jails. They’ll be at the Jacobs Center on Euclid Ave at 9:00 AM.

San Diego City Council is meeting today. First this morning at 9:00 they are talking about some revision for next year’s budget proposal. Then at 2:00 this afternoon the council’s Environment Committee is talking about how to get plastic bags out or watersheds.

Keeping beekeeping in San Diego County is what the Board of Supervisors is talking about this morning at 9:00

Then at 1:00 Civic San Diego Board of Directors is talking about the process of bidding on Horton Plaza projects and the salary of the interim board president.

San Diego Unified School District is showing off some of its students work tonight at 4:00 at Liberty Station’s Conference Center. The students worked with some businesses to create products that solved a problem.

At 8:00 AM the San Diego Zoo is giving the press a sneak peek at the new $19.5 million dollar Tull Family Tiger Trail exhibit. It’s got over five acres filled with rocks, ponds, and trees in three separate spaces for the tigers.

Also at 8:00 Habitat for Humanity is building playhouses to give away to some lucky families.

And finally at 6:00 at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is showing videos from 11 finalists in a student videos contest about water conservation. The winner gets their movie shown before this summer’s movies at the Mission Valley and Plaza Bonita AMC Theaters.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 20, 2014

The two teens arrested for arson in the midst of last week’s brush fires are in court today. Authorities arrested 19-year-old Isaiah David Silva and a 17-year-old for allegedly setting two patched of grass on fire. Witnesses say they spotted the pair lighting a fire near South Escondido Boulevard then another fire at Escondido’s Kit Carson Park. The police arrested them on Thursday night. Escondido Police Lieutenant Neal Griffin says there is no evidence linking the suspects to the brush fires that scorched 20,000 acres destroying several homes. The minor is set to have his detention hearing at 8:00 this morning in juvenile court and Silva will be arraigned at 1:30 this afternoon in Vista’s courthouse.

Ratifying the emergency declaration because of last week’s fire is top of the agenda for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors this morning at 9:00 AM. They are also looking at a proposal to waive permit fees associated with rebuilding for fire victims, a resolution to replace birth certificates and marriage license, and they’ll be reviewing the e-cigarette regulations.

At 10:30 the Port of San Diego and the city of Imperial Beach are celebrating finishing the refurbishment of the I.B. pier. They replaced about 90 percent of the wooden planks on the pier.

San Diego City Council is meeting at 2:00 this afternoon and expected to ratify Mayor Faulconer’s emergency declaration because of last week’s fires. They’ll also be talking about declaring a water emergency and how to get people to conserve water.

Chula Vista’s City Council is meeting at 2:00 PM also. They are listening to a presentation about next year’s budget and changing the local rules for adult businesses.

Tonight at 5:00 the San Diego North Chamber of Commerce is having a party to announce its new name.

And finally tonight at 5:00 San Diego Unified School District is honoring its “Classified Employees of the Year”. According the San Diego Unified’ s web site “classified employees are the non-teaching, support personal that include Special Education Assistants, Library Technicians, custodians, office staff and other key employees.”

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 19, 2014

Life is returning to normal as firefighters finish off the still burning blazes that scorched San Diego. Last week a dozen separate fires blacked San Diego County.

Three fires on base at Camp Pendleton burned 21,900 acres. Two of the fires still burn. The Las Pulgas Fire is 75% contained and the San Mateo Fire is 97% contained.

Off base in the North San Diego County city of San Marcos the Cocos fire is 87% contained and all evacuations have been lifted. According to Cal Fire 39-homes are lost but thankfully no injuries.

In Carlsbad 8-homes single family homes, two multiple unit apparent buildings, two commercial buildings, and a trailer were lost in the Poinsettia Fire. Fortunately this fire is 100% contained, has been since Saturday.

The city is accepting donations to help those affected on their web site at http://www.readycarlsbad.org .

San Diego’s wounded and endangered opera company is holding a press conference today at 10:00 AM. The 50-year-old opera company is suffering with financial difficulties and controversies around its former artistic director haunt the cultural institution. Their closure was thought emanate but there are optimistic rumors around today’s press conference.

San Diego City Council is meeting this afternoon at 2:00. They’re talking about what the City Charter says about removing elected officials from office. Then at 6:00 PM in a special evening public hearing the council is meeting about next year’s $2.97 billion budget. The new budget extends library house, allocates pay for more police and fire recruits, helps fund a temporary fire station in Skyline and more.

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#SanDiego County Administration Building Waterfront Park Problems (Editorial’ish Alert)

Nearly $50 million to build and less than a month old the San Diego County Administration Building Waterfront Park is already having problems.

The county didn’t anticipate children would play in the water feature’s water jets.

The changing table in the men’s room has vanished.

One of the showers for rinsing off your muddy children has a missing knob.

There is some new shade … But does it work with the design?

And there are some new warning signs up…

Poor planning?

For $50,000,000 shouldn’t we expect more?

How many Sheriff’s Deputies could we hire for what it’ll cost to fix these and the coming problem?

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